Today I was sat on the M6 between junctions 34 & 35 for almost two hours waiting for the Police to clear an accident which included the motorway being shut in both directions due to helicopter landings.
I mentioned to a driver beside me, whilst stood on the carriageway, that no matter how long we were inconvenienced it was nothing compared to those involved in the accident or the emergency services needed to clean up the mess so we should consider ourselves fortunate.
I have every respect for the Police and the emergency services having to attend incidents such as these, especially serious accidents which might involve fatalities.
However what does raise a question is that after the incident was cleared there was what appeared to be a police car on a bridge about a mile or so further on taking the opportunity to clock cars who were obviously trying to make up for lost time. Would it have been there had the incident not happened?
Now, the issue I am wrestling with here is that although these drivers were speeding,(hopefully not myself as I was doing a steady 72/74 when I spotted it), did they deserve to get nabbed or were the police taking a cynical and unfair advantage of a situation? I've got to be honest and say that in my opinion they deserved it, but others I have spoken to disagree.
After all, maybe speed played a part in the accident in the first place and as such should be punished.
What do you think?